p.2 Opening of the Navigation - We are happy to observe that extensive preparations for the opening of the Spring Navigation are now in progress at this Port. We have it from good authority that there are upwards of 300 men at present employed in creating piers, wharves, and warehouses in the Kingston Harbour. We understand that there are favorable prospects of an extensive spring business.
Something New - Grievances now-a-days must be scarce in Canada, when the editor of the Cobourg Star attempts to lecture the President of the Board of Works for making improvements in the navigation of the River St. Lawrence, above the Long Sault Rapids. He very gravely asks Mr. Killaly if he recommended these improvements, and then goes on to state that steam-boats have been known to tow five loaded barges up against the stream!!! This is something new and we may take it upon us to answer that the President of the Board of Works was not aware of the fact when he undertook the works in question. We can tell the Editor of the Star that we have been on board the steamer Brockville, - one of our swiftest boats, - when coming up the Gallops Rapids, and the steamer actually remained stationary for some moments, so strong was the current against it - and we feel perfectly satisfied that had a good sized jolly-boat been towed at the stern, the current would have driven the steamer back. The improvements on the St. Lawrence would be incomplete indeed were the obstacles in the navigation between Prescott and Dickenson's Landing not surmounted by the erection of Locks to avoid them.
A New Feature - The propeller Independence, whose machinery was found so defective last season as to be thrown out, is now undergoing a material alteration. Instead of using both propellers, she is fitting up so as to require the use of one only, which will be placed on the sternpost immediately in front of the rudder. This we believe is in conformity with the Princeton's propelling machinery. Capt. Clement, formerly of the schooner Philadelphia, takes command of the Independence. [Buffalo Commercial]
p.3 Buffalo Harbour - preparations have begun for navigation. [Buffalo Gazette]
Commerce of Hamilton - value of imports and exports, mentions that Burlington Canal is being enlarged. [Hamilton Journal]
Storage and Wharfage - The undersigned, having leased part of the premises lately occupied by Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, on Scobell's Wharf, will be prepared to receive in store and ship to any port on the Lake, Bay or River, Produce or Merchandize; will make arrangements for persons residing at a distance for up or down freight; receive property on consignment to sell. Charges moderate. D. Macdonald. Kingston, March 16th, 1844.